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  1. I am really happy that you stumbled upon my blog because it led me to yours! The island life sounds amazing, and I can’t wait to read more about your adventures. I have done a decent amount of traveling in the Caribbean (my parents are from Haiti and when you live in Florida, the Caribbean is a very convenient vacation spot.) but I have yet to make it to Roatan. It is definitely being added to my never-ending travel priorities list🙂

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  2. Hi Amanda, Have enjoyed your blog! My husband and I are looking forward to our first trip to Roatan next winter for 2 weeks. Hoping to fall in love and make it a little more permanent. Absolutely love everything I see, hear and read about your gorgeous island and want a more laid back lifestyle than the hussle and bussle here in Canada.
    Would love to get some more info from you if you have time.
    Thanks,
    Kathy

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    • It was fun to find your blog! And interesting to see the similarities with Roatan. Someday I’ll actually make it over to Utila…so close, yet still so far! Thanks for the follow🙂

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  3. Excited when I found your blog and then got even more excited to see we hail from the same roots! Haha I bet you were born at a Sturdy Memorial like I was! So I am very excited to watch House Hunters tomorrow night but to also follow it up with a personal date on Roatan next week! Here’s to new friends…

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  4. Dear Amanda,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Honduras, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,
    Joyce

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  5. Just read your article on Huff Post. My life in Panama sounds similar. Been down here for almost seven years. It is definitely life changing. But there really is no perfect getaway it is just what you make it. I agree with your thoughts about electricity sometimes it is nice not to have it for short times. Yes talking to an actual person is still great instead of being glued to technology. I go to the beach when I feel like it but mostly stay up in the rainforest I live in. Good luck in your new life.

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  6. I can so relate to everything you wrote about living on a Caribbean Island, it took my almost a year to leave big city (outside of miami) life behind and adjust. So far, it has been a little over three years and I can’t imagine going back to all the madness and stress of all that I left behind. Material things are so overrated and time is strange concept here, there is little to no tourism and when they do show up, I cringe. .lol. there is nothing so peaceful as walking on the beach for miles and not seeing anyone and talking in the fresh ocean breeze. Cheers from Andros Island, Bahamas. If you are ever in the neighborhood, drop me an email.

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  7. Hello Amanda,
    I have been following “A walk on the run” for some time now. I spent some time in the Virgin Islands recently(15 months) and am looking to live an adventure life. I am 54 years young and considering going to the Yucatan and getting my Instructor certification. In your travels and contacts, what chances does a fit, experienced diver(200 dives), newly minted Instructor with tons of boat and sales experience have landing a position in the dive industry? My decision needs to be made by Feb. 7.
    Thanks,
    Jeff

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    • Hi Jeff! Thanks for reading and commenting! There are plenty of jobs in the dive industry all over the world. As an instructor with sales and boat experience, you would have preference over many other instructors. My advice is just to go do the IDC and see where it takes you. You won’t know until you try! Let me know if you end up heading to Roatan!!

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  8. Hello Amanda
    enjoyed your article – 9 reasons you should not move to the Caribbean, – but think I like the 9 reasons TO move more. So glad I found your site. I have been researching and thinking of moving to the Caribbean for some time now to semi-work/retire. Find your articles very informative and encouraging to me. Just want to say Thank you and Please keep them coming.

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  9. Hi Amanda, I just read your piece on Yahoo entitled: 9 reasons you should not move to the Caribbean. First, Amanda, I live on the beautiful Caribbean island of Grenada. And I find it ironic, in fact laughable if not utterly hypocritical that you are in Honduras and are writing a critical downright ridiculously uninformed and ignorant piece such as that. Have you ever been to the Caribbean? Secondly, your article, if you can call it that, is so clearly biased that I lost all respect for Yahoo articles in general. How that rambling uninformed diatribe can be placed on Yahoo defies the laws of logic. Tell me Amanad: what country on earthe does not have roaches, to correct you this is the proper word not cockroaches, or ants – that’s just illiterate and ignorant. Next, stray dogs and cats, my goodness in the US there are animal control departments, groups etc that are dedicated to get them off the streets. Oh, Amanda, in Grenada we have not had a power loss in the last 30 Years. How ridiculous of you to put in print that nonsense. Pot holes the size of the Grand Canyon, really? The U.S. doesn’t have pot holes? Thats hypocritical.
    Amanda, I don’t know you and likewise you don’t know me; but, please get your facts right before putting in print this garbage. I challenge you on this forum to prove this trash. Stand by your assertions. Time to ‘ man up’, stand by your work and prove it. Show your readers and followers that Grenada, and island in the Caribbean, is all that you claim in this ‘article’.
    For the record, and to all and sundry reading this, my name is: Clifford Bailey. I live in Springs, St. George’s, Grenada. Email: krok@hotmail.com. Please contact me – if you have the moxy to – so we can have a civilized, enlightened discussion on that rambling, ficticious, uninformed, biased, hypocritical, ignorant piece of work that is juvenile at best. Anyone else reading this please understand that I have no quarrel or axe to grind with Amanda. However, I have to challenge her openly when she makes these statements and paints all of our uniquely beautiful islands with a biased broad brush.
    Finally, Amanda, in case you did not know, Hawaii – known as the sandwich islands- is and island too, and, it is part of the U.S. Engage your brain and think before you write.

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    • Hi Clifford! I assume by reading your inane rant that you in fact did not read the article in question. Had you read it in its entirety you would have understood that the piece was rather tongue-in-cheek and that in fact none of those so-called negatives that people complain about actually take away from the fact that living in the Caribbean can be paradise. Had you read the article – or anything else I’ve written – you would know this to be true. I’ll keep your ramblings posted here though, in case anyone else would like to have a laugh.

      PS – When did Hawaii’s geographical status come into question??

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  10. Amanda, you are obviously trying to save face here. Understand, people are different. No two people are the same. Here I am in the Caribbean reading your, if I believe you, attempt to be tongue in cheek, whatever, piece. I am saying perception is greater than reality. We read your piece and don’t find it amusing at all. Answer my questions directly: in particular: have you ever been to the Caribbean. Your readers and followers are here with us. Be truthful and answer. And, what I am saying by replying to you is: put yourself in our places and see this though our eyes- this is crap. Oh, Hawaii: don’t crap on islands when the graeat US, which I presume you are from or Canada, has islands of their own.
    Speak of and on what you know of and stay away from what you don’t. We are proud nations with people who are strong. Don’t print this garbage.

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    • Again, Clifford, you clearly have not read anything I’ve written, so I’m truly not sure why I’m wasting my time replying to you. But – again – I live on the island of Roatan, located in the Caribbean. I have also been to Jamaica and I have been to the USVI. Hawaii has absolutely nothing to do with this article since it is not located in the Caribbean. However, if you read many of the comments on the original article you’ll see that many who live in Florida (which is part of the U.S. since we’re working on our geography here) found similarities. Country does not matter. Tropical location does.

      If you honestly think that people don’t comment on and complain about the heat, the bugs, the potholes, the tourists, the slow mail, the gossip, the strays, the storms, or the isolation then you absolutely must be kidding yourself. Gladly, those people don’t last long living on an island and they typically tuck tail and run. But those Americans or Canadians considering moving to a Caribbean island do need to understand that all of those things are reality. If they do not like it, they shouldn’t move there. That is valid advice.

      Not once in that article did I ever condemn anything about culture. And if you want to go off about how perhaps one or two of those items might not pertain to your home, Roatan doesn’t get hit with hurricanes yet I was still able to comprehend that other parts of the Caribbean are so vulnerable. Perhaps you need to stretch your mind a bit farther than your own limited experiences and try to relate to others.

      If you don’t find the article “amusing” that’s fine. My aim is not at all to please you. However, clearly thousands of others enjoyed it, so it obviously resonated with many.

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  11. Good grief, you are not only an unprincipled writer your a liar as well. Ok, this is my last post on this site. Amanda, all the best on your ‘career’. I guess everyone has to do something in this life, make a living if you please. However, let me tell you directly: you and your article, as exposed here, are a fake and when distiller to raw components garbage. A true writer, a principled one of the hugest ethics and morals, would have at least been to the islands, get it islands, before writing this nonesensical garbage. I am truly sorry if I seem harsh or angry, but I am. BECAUSE I live here, I wake every day to this Caribean that you are making fun of……oh Amanda. Get with it, Typical North American, I am in charge, what I say is the truth, my word is law. I challenged you to prove what you were saying. You have NOT been to the Caribbean at all. So then: wha gives you the right to write their piece? You know nothing about the Caribbean.
    Goodbye Amanda, all the best in your travels. To all your followers, read between the lines and see Amanda for who and what she is : A FAKE.
    To all else: come and see Grenada – pure Grenada- the spicey isle of the Caribbean. You then will start to understand how beautiful and peaceful the Caribbean is. Then experience the other islands. All of them. That’s the only way you can and should form an opinion on the Caribbean islands. Not this so called writer.

    THE TRUtH ALWAWYS PREVAILS!

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    • Yet again, Clifford (third time…am I a broken record yet?), you haven’t read any of my articles, have you? Yet you come to my personal site and call me a liar and unethical and a fake. Wow.

      It’s been a pleasure, sir.

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      • Fred, I don’t want to sink to your level i.e. a guttersnipe, sumbag, however read the post > I Am a GRENADIAN. Moron.
        Anyway readers, Amanda here, your hero, has blocked me from her website. Ha ha. But, here I am, she cannot debate the merits and facts of her claims: her post is garbage. Amanda I don’t know you. I have nothing against you. But, don’t post this trash against the Caribbean unless you have facts, my god FACTS to back it up, you don’t. You never have. You have not been to the 2 dozen, about, CAribbean islands so shut up!
        Gosh, these Types of people can’t admit when they have made a mistake. When they are wrong. My god, is there no hope for humanity. For our civilization and way of life. Doe we have to revert to the caveman, Neolithic era way of life. Dumb. Just plain dumb.Amanda I am sure that you have it in you. You can do it. Rise above. Excel and surpass yourself. Rise above yourself and prove all wrong. Come on! Push past it!

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        • Glad I’m somebody’s hero, Clif. Thanks for letting me know! Meantime, I’m going to keep writing about what I always do: my amazing life in the Caribbean. I suggest you go out and enjoy your island as well. Take care!

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        • Wow I found your site awhile back but hadn’t read through the comments. Clifford Bailey you are an idiot. You either did not read the whole article or you serious lack reading comprehension. Did you really get so butt hurt that you had to come here and insult someone multiple times in multiple posts? You sire are a miserable person.

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    • Gosh Clifford, You spend way too much time trying to discredit another. Please leave this pleasant woman alone. You are clearly unhappy. Go away, Sir

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  12. Hi Amanda, I visited Roatan once before and planning on returning for a 2. visit next month with my wife. I am planning on renting a place on the island long-term (6 to 12 month).

    I am employed with a major airline as a flight attendant and would commute stateside several times per month.

    Do you have any contacts for apartment rentals?

    Best,

    Axel

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  13. Hi Amanda! Is there a Roatan expats site to give advice, ideas? My husband and I are looking at relocating down there (we used to live in Tegucigalpa so we are familiar with living in that area). Have visited Roatan numerous times and we would like to relocate to the island for a while, currently living in Oregon–my hubs is retired military. I’ve searched for a expat blog but can’t find one. He wants to come and get his master diver. I’m a RN and would love to volunteer down there. Just have lots of questions about retirement options. We are in our 40’s so would like a vibrant expat community🙂

    Thanks! Kassie

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    • Hey Kassie! There’s no specific blog devoted to expats, but between the articles on my blog and the information you can find through International Living magazine, that should cover your basic questions. Beyond that you would likely want to talk to an attorney and a real estate agent for more detailed questions about your specific transition. I’m happy to answer any other questions you might have though! Thanks for reading and commenting!

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  14. Hi Amanda, just returned with my wife from a week-long vac on your island and thought, I give you a short trip report. Boy, what an adventure! Now I have to say, I am currently on crutches, after I broke my tibia in a motorcycle accident back in November. Not an easy feat getting around on Roatan with its many stairs, sand, rocks, up and down slops. Luckily (kind of, but I get to this later), we rented a car. Oh btw, for all you immobilized travelers out there, ELDON’s, the local supermarket, does not have motorized scooters😦 I had to crutch my way through the aisles.
    First off, we got to Roatan a day later than planned. Since I work for an airline, my wife and I get the “benefit” of flying stand-by. Well, if there is a seat available that is. But right now, there is spring break and everybody and there mother is heading to warmer climates. And so we had to “sleep” at the Los Angeles International airport, one of the cozy seats that you sit on when waiting for your plane. Flights were FULL. Until the next day, we made it on a flight to Houston, only to find out that the connecting flight to RTB had all departed. Oh well, never been to Houston. Here is our chance. Luckily, we have a friend in Houston, who played host to us for a night.
    Next day, after a short 2.5 hr flight, we arrive in Roatan (the Americans pronounce it differently than the locals). Short taxi back to the terminal on the runway (don’t see that too often). Then customs. My wife get a stamp in her US passport. 90 days. I have to wait. They are looking for a special stamp for me. Why, I wonder. Am I special because I am on crutches??? Finally, some dude shows up from a little office behind the customs booth and stamps my EU passport. He fills in 30 days. “Why only 30 days?”, I wonder. I read somewhere that certain countries get 90 days. And my country is one of them. Must have something to do with my handicap. Or the way I look. Or both. Or….I don’t really care. only here for a week…..
    Wow, I am realizing, this trip report is getting longer than intended, hehe. I am taking a break here, until I get the green light from Ms. AWalk to proceed.

    By the way, Amanda, think I saw you at Sundowners when the sun was setting one evening. If it wasn’t you, then you possibly have an island twin….bet, you didn’t know that😉

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    • Hey Axel! I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip!! I definitely agree that this is not a very accessible area for anyone with mobility restrictions. But are there motorized scooters in every grocery store in the U.S. now?? That’s new! I was actually off-island for most of your trip…so apparently I have an island twin! So cool! I’ll be on the lookout now😉 I’d love to hear more about your trip! Shoot me an email with how the rest of the week went: awalkins[at]gmail[dot]com.

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